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>> Michigan hasn't been been won for many, many years.>> He's at it again. President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday shaking up US-China relations by questioning whether the United States had to be bound by it's long-standing position that Taiwan is part of one China. Telling Fox New Sunday, quote, I fully understand the one China policy.
But I don't know why we have to be bound by a one China policy, unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade. And he defended the congratulatory call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, saying, quote, why should some other nation be able to say I can't take a call?
I think it actually would have been very disrespectful, to be honest with you, not taking it. That was the first such contact with Taiwan by a US president-elect or president since President Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979. Taiwan is one of China's most sensitive policy issues.
And Beijing generally lambasts any form of official contact by foreign governments with Taiwan's leaders. In the Fox News interview, Trump also criticised China over its policies on issues such as devaluing its currency, the South China Sea, and North Korea. There was no immediate reaction from Beijing. And a White House aide told Reuters the Obama administration had no reaction beyond its previously stated policy positions confirming support for the one China policy.